I am coming back to the wonderfully crafted album by SEL - Rock on!
The songs in the album religiously maintain the construction of any typical rock song - i.e. the song has only a pallavi, which is repeated over and over again with distinct lyrics ofcourse, the tune being the same. Typically, there are no charanams. The pallavis are separated by guitar, keyboard interludes. The song gets its variation purely because of the variety in the orchestration employed.
This is something new that we haven't seen in Indian film songs. Infact,here, all songs fit the above description. Having said that, is there variety that is in offer?
'Socha Hai' is a wonderfully paced, would-make-you-dance song. I especially like the song's lyrics and the way Farhaan has sung it. He seems to ease through the song with a natural flair. Also, I feel this song is more peppier than 'Rock on', the title song. The two probably could have interchanged their places.
'Rock on', again by Farhaan is pretty good throughout. But a defnite zing is missing here when compared with Socha Hai.
'Ye Tumhari Meri', sung by Dominique Cerejo is easily the pick among the slow songs. The whole song has the chord Ri-Pa-Ma-Ri-Sa-Ri-Ma-Pa(all major notes) consistently flowing through. Again, the keyboard, guitar's prowess come to the fore. Accompanied by a wonderful voice, this song has already made me addictive.
'Pichle Saath Dinon' is easily bolstered by the electric guitar and Farhaan. The song's, 'Kaise Boloon...' phrase is very catchy, departing from the rock feel of the overall song.
'Tum Ho Toh', is good for its interludes(esp. the ones with the organ), not so much for the voice as Farhaan lack of proper training shows. Nevertheless, yet another good song.
The freshness in this album is probably comparable to DCH, RDB. No wonder they were chartbusters. Music of a movie reflects the thought process of the director and his penchant for the kind of songs he wants to have. The best of songs seem to come inextricably from the best of the movies. No wonder then, the director has a major role to play in the selection of songs that a music composer offers.